What Duke Energy is calling the largest power outage in the company’s history has left thousands in the Greater Cincinnati area without any electrical power. Sunday’s windstorm, the resulting remnants of Hurricane Ike, has, as of press time, left about 60,000 Duke Energy customers still waiting and riding out the outage in the dark; 22,000 of those in Clermont County alone.
The Citizens For CNE Kids Committee, a group recently formed to muster community support for the upcoming bond levy, has scheduled several meetings over the next two months. Cathy Miller, secretary for the committee, said that as the bond levy campaign moves forward, it is imperative that the community gets involved in the future of CNE schools.
The widespread county power loss due to the severe damage from Sunday’s powerful windstorm prompted the county commissioners to declare a state of emergency on Sept. 15. As of Wednesday morning, thousands of Clermont County residences and businesses were still in the dark. Duke Energy is estimating that 50 percent of homes and businesses still without power should have electricity restored by Tuesday night, and up to 85 percent by Wednesday night.
The Bethel Village Council has received a request from a group of concerned residents to set up a phone bank in the Grant Memorial Building over the next few weeks to educate unsure residents on which political candidates to support in the fall election. Initially opposed, because of existing restrictions on the Grant Memorial Building, councilman Gary Hutchinson said that it was not council’s place to consider such a request.
The Clermont County Depression and Bipolar Support Group will be sponsoring a walk/rockathon Sept. 20 from 12 – 6 p.m. at Union Township’s Veterans Park. “The preparations are going great and everyone is very excited about the opportunity to offer this event to the whole community,” said event organizer Taressa Ingle. “We are inviting everyone to come out and support this very worthy cause.”
A three-vehicle traffic crash in Batavia Township caused the death of an unborn child last weekend. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is still investigating the crash, is reporting that at 2 p.m. Sept. 6, Williamsburg resident Brandy McPheeters, who was eight months pregnant, was driving west in her 1995 Jeep Cherokee on state Route 276 near the Herold Road intersection in Batavia Township.
Cliff Riley has been named Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council’s Veteran of the Year. Riley, who is the current president of the Clermont County Veteran’s Service Commission, said that he was deeply honored to be nominated and then to be chosen for such a distinctive honor. Raised in the Newtonsville area, Riley, 62, enlisted in the military upon graduating from Clermont Northeastern High School in 1966.
Front Wheel Drive in Batavia will officially be renamed after local businessman and Clermont County philanthropist James E. Sauls Sr. Approved by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners Sept. 3, the proposal to change the name in honor of the late Sauls was something that commissioner Bob Proud said was well deserved.
A 1.1 percent village earnings tax will be voted on by the residents of Amelia. At its regular meeting Sept. 4, Amelia’s six-member village council, based on the recommendation of mayor Leroy Ellington, passed a resolution to have the earned income tax be placed on a February 2009 special election ballot.
A major road construction project in Batavia Township is currently underway. The estimated $632,000 project, which is a joint collaboration between the Clermont County Engineer’s Office and Batavia Township, will replace a century-old bridge on Old State Route 32, improve the intersection at state Route 32 and Bauer Road, and straighten out that quarter mile portion of Old State Route 32 up to Brunk Road.